If a Bandsaw could take steroids, it might look something like this. Everything about the new 22″ 90-380 from General is large and robust.Here’s a saw that will handle pretty much anything you can throw at it.
Weighing in at 825 lbs., the 90-380 has a one-piece steel frame and 22″ cast-iron wheels. Its resaw capacity is 16″. Cutting that much wood requires lots of power, and this machine’s got it. It comes with a 5 hp single-phase motor wired for 220v or a 7.5 hp three-phase motor wired for 220v, 440v or 600v. The saw accepts blades from 1/4″ to 1-1/4″ wide.
The table is huge: 30″ wide x 22-3/4″ deep. You won’t find one this large on most bandsaws. The advantage is pretty obvious: more support for big wood. The table also has two miter slots and tilts 45° to the right. The saw’s throat depth is 21-5/8″ (19-5/8″ with the rip fence in place).
Two safety-related features are worth noting. First, there’s the odd-looking handle to the left of the upper blade guides. It’s a built-in push stick. The handle connects to an arm that pushes a workpiece at the end of a cut, keeping your fingers away from the blade. The saw also has a foot brake that simultaneously slows down the blade and disconnects the electrical circuit. If you need to stop the saw in a hurry, just stomp on the brake.
General International, general.ca, 888-949-1161, #90-380, 22″ Heavy Duty Woodcutting Bandsaw, 5 hp and 7.5 hp models, $3,750.